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Amcu president testifies at Marikana Inquiry

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa told the hearing that protesters sang songs about killing Num members.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said he told his members to stop singing songs that incite violence in Marikana.

RUSTERNBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg on Wednesday heard that protesters sang songs about killing people affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) in the days leading up to the August bloodbath.

This was heard during testimony from Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa on his involvement in the illegal strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West.

The commission was established by President Jacob Zuma to investigate whether police were justified in using live ammunition on striking workers on August 16.

At least 34 people died and 78 others injured in the shooting.

Speaking at the hearing on Wednesday, Mathunjwa said he went to speak to the miners on the koppie shortly before the shooting.

He said he tried to encourage them to hand over their weapons and surrender.

Mathunjwa said one of his union leaders started singing a song with the miners.

The Amcu leader said the miners should have refrained from singing the songs, because the union condemned violence.

His testimony focused on the union rivalry in Marikana before police were called in to disperse the crowd.